For the first time ever, a presidential candidate and sitting US Senator has introduced a bill that would end the federal prohibition on cannabis and allow states to handle the issue.
The fact that Sanders, a leading candidate for president, has introduced the bill is sure to bring the topic to dinner tables everywhere throughout the country and spur national dialogue.
The bill is simple: 6 pages of instructions that strike references to Marijuana throughout various federal legislation including the Controlled Substances Act. The bill would specifically remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 and allow interstate transport of cannabis between states that do not specifically prohibit it.
The bill does not force marijuana on any states; they would still be able to prohibit locally. It simply removes the federal government from the equation.